Yet another player couldn’t complete a switch to Anfield…
After a transfer window full of frustration for Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool couldn’t complete a £16m deal for Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk winger Yevhen Konoplyanka.
Reds fans are incredibly irritated by what’s just the latest of a number of public transfer pursuits that have ended in failure.
To be fair though, this time, it probably wasn’t Liverpool’s fault…
According to the Guardian, Liverpool met the Ukrainian winger’s £15m release clause, a medical had been done in the player’s native country, and personal terms had been agreed, but Dnipro’s president Ihor Kolomoyskyi refused to sign papers confirming the deal before the 11pm deadline.
Liverpool’s director Ian Ayre had been in Ukraine negotiating a deal, but left empty handed, which has frustrated Liverpool fans even more after missing out on Mohamed Salah to Chelsea earlier in January.
Over last summer, deals for big name targets Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Diego Costa similarly couldn’t be completed, and the latest failure has led many fans to question the club’s transfer policy.
Manager Brendan Rodgers is positive despite the setback, and reckons his current crop of players can still qualify for next season’s Champions League, provided they stay fit.
“Of course, as a manager you would like to have strengthened – but I’m very optimistic with the group of players I still have available here. If we can keep those players fit, and maximise the availability for the rest of the season, we can have a great chance to have a really good finish,” he said.
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